Whose Will Be Done?: Essays on Sovereignty and Religion

Whose Will Be Done?: Essays on Sovereignty and Religion

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Overview

What is the proper relationship of religion to power? In this collection of essays, a group of interdisciplinary scholars address that question, building on the scholarship of the late Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain. The first section of this book provides the reader with three previously unpublished essays by Elshtain on the subject of political sovereignty, followed by an interview with the noted ethicist and political theorist. Dr. Elshtain questions the nature of sovereignty in a world where some have elevated the state and the self above the authority of God himself. In the second section of the book, “Sovereignty through the Ages”, four scholars explore some of the key questions raised by Dr. Elshtain’s work on Just War, resistance to tyranny, political liberalism, and modernity, questioning the ways in which sovereignty may be conceived to reinforce the limitations of human societies and yet seek the greater good. In the third section of the book, entitled “Sovereignty in Context”, three essays extend her analysis of sovereignty to different contexts – Latin America, the Islamic world, and the international system as a whole, all the while demonstrating the importance of how religious interpretation contributes to our understanding of political power.


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ISBN-13: 9780739199640
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 09/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 258
File size: 746 KB

About the Author

John H. A. Dyck is assistant professor of political studies at Trinity Western University and senior research fellow in the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group.
Paul S. Rowe is associate professor of political and international studies at Trinity Western University and senior research fellow in the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group.
Jens Zimmermann is Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture and professor of English and philosophy at Trinity Western University as well as senior research fellow in the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
John H.A. Dyck, Paul S. Rowe, and Jens Zimmermann
Chapter 2. Jean Bethke Elshtain: a retrospective
Paul S. Rowe
Chapter 3. The Myth of the Sovereign Self
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Chapter 4. Religion, Enlightenment, and a Common Good
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Chapter 5. Bonhoeffer for Political Thought
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Chapter 6. An Interview with Jean Bethke Elshtain

Chapter 7. Mars Bound: Limited War and Human Flourishing
Marc Livecche
Chapter 8. Incarnational Sefhood: Dietrich Bonhoeffer as Guide to the Political Ethics of Jean Bethke Elshtain
Jens Zimmermann
Chapter 9. Sovereignty and Chastened Liberalism
M. Christian Green
Chapter 10. Sovereign Selves: ‘We have met the Enemy and He/She is Us’!
John H.A. Dyck

Chapter 11. God and Power in the Global North and Latin America: a comparative analysis based on Elshtain’s Sovereignty
Andrés Pérez-BaltodanoChapter 12. No God but god? Nominalism and Political Islam
Paul S. RoweChapter 13. ‘Revolutions’ in Political Theology: Protestantism and the International State System
Robert Joustra

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